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FableFest Has Something For Everyone

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Chloe Powell

A Family-Friendly Farm Festival July 8th

FableFest is a family-friendly mini-festival, on Saturday, July 8th, at the location of Barnard's Feast and Field Market, a popular Thursday farmers' market held in the fields of a working farm, where Eastman Farm, Fable Farm, Heartwood Farm and Kiss the Cow Farm share a lease.  Beyond the cost of paying artists and musicians, any money raised will help support some of the costs of hosting the market. Learn more at

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Not only does FableFest features an all-star line up of musicians, but it also offers an afternoon of arts activities, workshops and presentations for all ages. 

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Art on the Farm Art Walk in 2015, Photo by Seth Butler

3rd Annual Art on the Farm Sculpture Show:

The festival was scheduled in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Art on the Farm Sculpture Show, an art exhibition placed on an ambling path through the fields.  The event opens with a guided art walk with curator Edythe Wright and some of the participating artists at 2:30. (Doors open at 2:00, please arrive promptly to depart promptly.) Following the guided art walk, there will be maps for self-guided exploration. Spencer Lewis will provide his ethereal looping fiddle and guitar music as the background for self-guided walks.

Music and Dance Workshops with Tumbling Bones and Kafari:

There will be square dancing. Photo by Seth Butler

2:45:  Tumbling Bones Founding Members Jake Hoffman and Peter Winne will lead a sing-along/jam. They follow a tradition of brother harmony singing that requires thousands of hours honing their individual tones to match each other's sound and aesthetic.  Their music--country, bluegrass, and early rock--has taken them from the fields of central VT to Southern Appalachia and from Ireland's craggy shores to old Soviet theaters in Ukraine.  Their latest collaborator, Kafari, joins them at FableFest and will lead a rhythm bones workshop.  

At 4:30, Winne will lead a square dance.  

The Sable Project

 The Sable Project is a unique artists residency based in Stockbridge founded by Otto Pierce,  one of the participating artists in this year's art show. He famously created a birch bark dragon in the first art show.  Currently taking a year off from offering long-term residencies,  They are hosting smaller-scale mini-residencies this year. Movement artist, and Sable's Project Manager Jessica Lee will lead a dance and movement workshop at 3:30, and Kate Truini will offer a painting and drawing station.  

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Kids Games with Greg Labella:

Popular PE teacher Greg Labella will be leading kids activities during the afternoon from 3:30-5:30.  Labella recently retired from his post at Barnard Academy, but will continue to teach PE in other communities, and leads kids activities for special events such as weddings and birthday parties.  

Fire Starting with Will Langdon:

Heartwood Farm's Will Langdon will lead a demo and workshop in fire starting with a bow drill at 3:30. 

Readings and Presentations For More Mature Audiences:

Presentation on Dorothy Thompson and Sinclair Lewis:
At 3:30, Barnard filmmaker Teo Zagar will present the subject of his current project, a film about power-couple, foreign correspondent Dorothy Thompson and novelist Sinclair Lewis, who spent summers in Barnard at Twin Farms in the 1930's.  Lewis' novel "It Can't Happen Here," about about Fascism coming to America, has recently been getting a lot of attention and sold out on Amazon post-election. Thompson, famously expelled from Nazi Germany for her warnings about Hitler,  was a large influence for the creation of Lewis' novel.  

"The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro" by Frederick Douglass:
At 4:00 there will be a collective reading of Frederick Douglass' 1852 speech with JAG Productions' led by Jarvis Green. Douglass' 4th of July speech is a biting commentary on the hypocrisy of the American story, from the perspective of a freed slave. What does it mean to celebrate freedom when not all were born free? Collective readings of this important speech are happening across the country this season around the 4th of July holiday. JAG Productions is a theater company devoted to bringing African American stories to our rural (and mostly white) community, founded by Jarvis Green. Green first came to the area  when he worked on Fable Farm. 

Following afternoon workshops and presentations, music will continue into dark, and guests can enjoy food grown on the land by the Feast and Field Farmers.  

Main-stage Line-up:
4:30 Square Dance Called by Pete Winne
5:00 Haywire, Americana, with guests Spencer Lewis and Bow Thayer
6:00 Tumbling Bones' Jake Hoffman, Peter Winne and Kafari
7:15  Say Darling with Celia Woodsmith and Chris Hersh
8:30 Bow Thayer and band

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